Commissioners meet with fired Jefferson administrator's lawyer

December 11, 2009

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- The Jefferson County Commissioners met behind closed doors Thursday with an attorney representing Leslie Smith, the longtime Jefferson County administrator they fired in September.

The commissioners declined to say what was discussed in the executive session other than to say negotiations were complete and that Smith would be offered no further severance package.  

Smith has not accepted the commissioners' settlement offer.

She was not in the meeting with the commissioners and declined to comment Thursday night.

Commissioners President Dale Manuel said in September when Smith was fired that he expected her to take legal action against the commissioners. 

Smith was fired after 15 years on the job by a three-vote majority of Commissioners Jim Surkamp, Frances Morgan and Lyn Widmyer. Commissioners Dale Manuel and Patsy Noland voted to retain her services. 


She was earning approximately $95,000 a year. 

The commissioners hired Sandra Slusher McDonald, a clerk in Smith's office, as interim administrator until a permanent replacement for Smith is found.

Smith was represented Thursday by attorney David Hammer.

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